Saturday, 4 May 2013

The Healthy Burger

I've always loved a good veggie burger and now I have another make at home veggie burger winner to add to my list. These burgers are filled with chickpeas, cheese, and sharp green onions. With a whole wheat burger bun, that's all the food groups in one tasty sandwich! 

There's only one problem with them; they're so yummy that I might not ever share another veggie burger recipe again. I might love this one a little too much. 

Chick Pea and Cheese Burgers - makes 8 burgers

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, minced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon each of cumin and chili powder, I used whole cumin seeds for little flavour pockets, but ground cumin would be delicious too
1/2 cup red lentil, cooked as directed or 1 14 oz can of lentils, drained and rinsed
1 14 oz can of chick peas, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon tahini
3 green onions, finely chopped
1 cup each of grated sharp white cheddar and crumbled feta
1 egg, beaten
2 cups breadcrumbs, I used panko, but fresh would be great too
Salt and pepper
Flour for dusting burgers
Oil for frying burgers
Buns and whatever burger toppings you like

1. Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until softened but not browned. Add spices and cook another 30-60 seconds.

2. Add onion mixture to a food processor with chick peas, lentil, and tahini. Pulse until well combined.

3. Spoon mixture into a bowl and then add green onions, cheeses, egg, and breadcrumbs. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, but know that your cheeses are pretty salty so you may not want a lot of salt.

4. Form mixture into patties and toss in a little flour.

5. Heat a little oil in a non stick pan and fry burgers on medium low heat until they're golden brown on both sides and warmed through.

6. Sandwich burgers in buns with your favourite toppings and enjoy!

I used the Curried Citrus Yogurt Sauce from my last post. It's fabulous on these burgers!


  1. Shared at Foodie Friends Linky party

  2. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Does it grill well? I have trouble making veggie burgers that can be grilled as well as pan fried.

    1. Hi Jess, I have grilled them before but I usually fry them. For grilling them I get my BBQ really hot and lightly grease the grill with a paper towel sprayed with a little olive oil

  3. I love your idea of using the chick peas for the base in this burger. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Your co host from Nosh My Way.